20-foot barrier

I’ve been unicycling (or trying to, at least) for about three weeks now. I
started out by holding onto a pole that’s planted into the ground, mounting the
uni, and then letting go. It has worked reasonably well, and I can consistently
pedal 15-20 feet from the pole under control before I have to bail. Can someone
suggest something that might help me break the 20-foot barrier?

Dan Fingerman !daniel.fingerman@yale.edu Spam protection: remove the !

Re: 20-foot barrier

Dan, it’s been said that if you want to hit something, just look at it. While
learning to skydive, I discovered this to be very true. I discovered that to
avoid an obstical while landing I absolutely had to look away from the obstical
and in the direction I wanted to go. I scince discovered that rule applies in
many situations. When you begin to ride the uni, set a goal (a tree, post, etc.)
and look at that goal. Don’t look where you last fell off, but where you want to
go. When I first learned, I set my goals about 20’ apart, and would not look at
anything else but that point. Very soon you will go the distance and way beyond.
This should help, Mike

Re: 20-foot barrier

In <6m1nb3$3gc_002@net.yale.edu> !daniel.fingerman@yale.edu (Dan
Fingerman) writes:

>I’ve been unicycling (or trying to, at least) for about three weeks now. I
>started out by holding onto a pole that’s planted into the ground, mounting the
>uni, and then letting go. It has worked reasonably well, and I can consistently
>pedal 15-20 feet from the pole under control before I have to bail. Can someone
>suggest something that might help me break the 20-foot barrier?

Coming from a juggling background, I’m inclined to give the usual juggling
advice for tries that last about that long: don’t forget to breathe! Other than
that, I’d advise you to experiment by traveling a little faster for stability.
If that doesn’t help, try slower! In any case, you’re on the right track, and
with more practice you’ll be riding. Hope that helps. -Ben

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Re: 20-foot barrier

Dan Fingerman wrote:

> I’ve been unicycling (or trying to, at least) for about three weeks now. I
> started out by holding onto a pole that’s planted into the ground, mounting
> the uni, and then letting go. It has worked reasonably well, and I can
> consistently pedal 15-20 feet from the pole under control before I have to
> bail. Can someone suggest something that might help me break the 20-foot
> barrier?

Dan, just keep working at it. I got MASSIVELY frustrated when I was

learning, but I kept going and I’m glad I did. You’ll get it.

Re: 20-foot barrier

I remember exactly what you’ve described from when I was learning. I can picture
that stretch of sidewalk I could conquer. Just about 20 feet. I tried
everything, like putting more weight on the seat, and sitting up straighter, and
looking forward, not down. Anyway, I kept at it, and it just took some time.
After a little frustration, and a lot of tries, one time I just kept riding all
the way down the sidewalk, across the road (thank God no cars were coming!), and
fell off at the other side. After that, the problem went away. It just takes
time. Keep riding!

– Alex